Animal waste ordinance needs to be upheld

Oct. 18, 2013 at 5:18 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

I'm on board with the person who raised the concern about the obligation of dog walkers to clean up after their pets. I recently brought this to the attention of a neighbor who was caught neglecting this duty, and in return, I received snide, sarcastic and disrespectful comments.

After calling the Victoria police to smooth things over, I was surprised to discover that the officer was not even aware of the city ordinance against pet waste on private property. He asked me what I wanted him to do about it. How can the city enforce an ordinance that the officers don't even know exists? And I did not want anyone fined, just respectfully advised of the law since the information from me was obviously not being accepted, much less heeded.

I love animals as much as any other pet owner, and I do not wish to cause ill feelings or trouble for anyone, but please be a responsible, conscientious pet owner. Look at this from your neighbor's perspective: How would you like it if a cow or horse defecated in your yard or someone threw their garbage on your lawn? It's the same situation.

Sec. 4-48 of the city code:

Animal waste - The owner of every animal shall make sanitary disposal of any excreta deposited by his animal on public walks, streets, recreation areas or upon private property not within the control, possession or supervision of the owner.

Brenda Gallenbach, Victoria



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